Sunday, July 13, 2008
When it comes down to parties you do want to have good weather. In previous years we could rely on ideal weather conditions, not to warm not to cold. As far as I can remember only 2004 gave us some drizzle in the morning. This years annual BBQ and commemorating the Inn's being in business for 30 years was the hottest party on record. With 98 degrees (37 Celsius) and a high humidity our guests were in for a challenge. Although people showed up at four PM, most came in later, as was the five man's band just when the temperature dropped to more desirable conditions. Friends from Idaho and Portland Oregon, family from California, some arriving the day before, joined the festivities. The Olympic Trials in Eugene added excitement to the conversations especially for those who just came back from a day spend at Hayward Field. A variety of courses and side dishes where available in a buffet style set up close to the rivers edge. Later in the evening the temperature dropped as a breeze introduced some thunder clouds. With a smaller crowd, but bigger topics, the setting was compromised to the canopy when sprinkles fell and a showcase of lightning behind the butte lighted up the sky and the roaring river. With just a handful of people left we decided it to call it a day after it was said that it was an other great party and anniversary at the McKenzie River Inn. Next day many enjoyed the cooler temperatures as they were floating down the river in an original wooden McKenzie drift boat bringing an end to an weekend full of socializing and interaction. We are very appreciative of all guests showing up and especially the persons attending to the chicken, ribs and salmon as well the man and women who help preparing the side dishes and setting the tables to make this event an other success. Also many thanks for the musicians entertaining us with songs from the sixties to present. See you all next year!